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CRAiLAR joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition
May '13
CRAiLAR Technologies Inc., which produces and markets CRAiLAR Flax, The Friendliest Fiber on the Planet, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to measure environmental responsibility across its agriculture and manufacturing processes.

With its membership in the SAC, CRAiLAR joins more than 90 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries.

In its relationship with the SAC, CRAiLAR will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which gauges environmental sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better efficiency and sustainability impact.

The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental and product design choices.

“With the SAC’s leadership position in the apparel and textiles sectors, we are pleased to contribute to a model for how industries can collaborate in making a positive impact on value chain performance,” said Ken Barker, CEO of CRAiLAR. “CRAiLAR Flax is a natural fiber that can make an immediate and dramatic impact on product sustainability, a priority of SAC members and non-members alike.”

“We welcome the addition of CRAiLAR to the Coalition, and look forward to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability, “said Coalition Executive Director Jason Kibbey. “Having CRAiLAR as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the apparel industry and accelerates the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions.”

There are currently more than 90 members of the SAC, the majority of which are global brands and retailers including: adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Levi’s, L.L. Bean, M&S, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, REI, Target, and VF Corporation.

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition:

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, representing more than one-third of the global apparel and footwear industries, was formed by sustainability leaders and leading environmental and social organizations to address current social and environmental challenges.

Recognizing that improved supply chain practices are both a business imperative and an opportunity, the Coalition seeks to lead a shared vision of industry supply chain sustainability through the creation and use of the Higg Index. In measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance through the Higg Index, the Coalition aims to spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation.


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